MARION — Loren D. Carter, 87, formerly of Marion, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at the Superior Care Home in Paducah surrounded by his family.

Loren was born in White County on April 25, 1930, to Harold and Ruby (Wright) Carter. He married Eliza Pyle and they shared 50 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on May 22, 1998. Loren then married Betty Jo Gilchrist. She preceded him in death in December 2016.

Loren was of Baptist faith. He retired from GTE after 43 years in executive management. Loren was a loving father and grandfather and will be missed by all.

Survivors include children, Karen Carter of Paducah, Bruce and Mona Carter of Marion,

Brian and Sharon Carter of Paducah; grandchildren, Keri and Jason Bucklow, Damon and Angie Carter, Tamara Kroeger, Emily Kaelin Carter, Eliza-Kate Carter, Benjamin Carter; great-grandchildren, Jalynn, Leigha, Robert, DeLilah, Remington; brothers, Sharrel Carter and Lynn and Jan Carter; sister, Joyce and Larry Bailey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wives; granddaughter, Molly Eliza; great-grandson, Randall; and brother, Don Carter.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Scott Johnson officiating. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Kingdom Cemetery in Carmi. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Starfish Orphan Ministry or the North American Mission Board in c/o Disaster Relief. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Blue Funeral Home; PO Box 411; Marion, IL 62959.

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